From the Wire … Cubs Claim RHP Neil Ramirez Off Waivers from Rangers to Complete Garza Deal

According to multiple reports, the Cubs claimed RHP Neil Ramirez off waivers from the Texas Rangers on Friday to complete the deal for Matt Garza. The Cubs received 3B Mike Olt, RHP Justin Grimm, RHP C.J. Edwards and either one or two players to be named later in the trade when it was made last month. Neil Ramirez was believed to be the Cubs’ target and the PTBNL, but health concerns at the time of the trade kept Ramirez from being included.

The Cubs apparently received a good report on Neil Ramirez and have completed the trade.

Neil Ramirez has been assigned to Double-A Tennessee. With Ramirez in the organization, the Cubs 40-man roster officially stands at 40 players. The Cubs will have to make room on the 40-man to activate OF Ryan Sweeney from the 60-day DL on September 1.

Neil Ramirez has a big arm and is a good addition to the Cubs’ system. The 24-year old right-hander posted a 9-3 record in 21 starts for Double-A Frisco with a 3.84 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP. In 103 innings this season, Ramirez recorded 127 strikeouts with 42 walks … a 3:1 strikeout to walk ratio.

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  • cubtex

    I posted his scouting report on the previous page. I like Ramirez. As you can see by the stats Neil posted….he misses bats. He is not like some of the other arms we have in the system like a Nick Struck or Raley. 93-95 fastball. Voted the top curve in the Rangers system 5 years ago with has recently developed a very good changeup.

    103 IP only 77 Hits and 127 K’s with a 3.84 ERA.

    If you know anything about Frisco…that park is a bandbox. It is a hitters haven so the ERA is a little higher than it would be in another park.

    • J Daniel

      They are getting better in the pitching aspect of the system as well. If healthy, a very good pick up. They like Edwards a lot as well from the sound of it. This was a really good deal for the Cubs as they didn’t want to resign Garza anyway.

      • cubtex

        I like Ramirez more than Grimm. I was hoping he would be the PTBNL.

        • J Daniel

          Ramirez and Olt are a bit of a gamble due to issues. They really like Edwards. Grimm is a flier. Olt and Ramirez might be considered high risk high reward. IMO, definitely worth it.

    • Brp921

      I posted after the trade that if Ramirez was the PTBNL that it was a good trade depending on him being healthy of course.

  • cubtex

    A little scouting report on Neil Ramirez. I saw him pitch and was impressed with his breaking stuff and changeup.

    Ramirez, currently with Double-A Frisco, has bounced back in 2013 with a
    9-3 record and a 3.30 ERA. He’s throwing his fastball 93-95 mph and
    topping out at 98 mph. His curve was voted as the best in the Rangers’
    minor league system in 2007, but it’s his changeup that has developed as
    his out pitch.

    The 24-year Ramirez pitched at all three levels in 2011, then
    floundered in 2012. He was 6-8 with a 7.66 ERA for 15 starts for
    Triple-A Round Rock and was demoted back to Frisco, where he’s rekindled
    his trade stock this season.

    The 44th overall pick in the 2007 draft out of Virginia Tech hasn’t
    pitched since July 5 because of a shoulder issue, but that doesn’t
    appear to be hindering the Cubs from wanting him included in a potential

  • Brp921

    Those are good stats. I especially like the strike outs to walks ratio. We’ve got enough pitchers who have problems getting the ball over the plate.

  • Steve Baier

    Not that it has anything to do with Neil Ramirez, but I’m pretty pumped that Kyle Hendricks is starting for the I-Cubs tonight… I’m going and have really, really close tickets.

    • 07GreyDigger

      Let us know how he does!

    • Dorasaga

      Have a good one. And I concur 07GreyDigger.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Reading the comments left on the MLB Trade Rumor site on this story…..all I can say is there are many bitter Rangers fans out there, or there are many unemployed White Sox fans who wish they could have scored big on the Rios deal.

    Sounds like we filled in a few positions on this club on just giving up one guy who was not going to sign after this season………..sometimes it is not about the money, but where the “heart” wants to play at.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Olt will be a good player, but in the long term, I see Villanueva as this clubs third baseman for the future……Theo has time to fill in all the positions when this group of young talent come up together…….MLB will not see a group of players like this since Garvey, Russell, Cey & Lopes came up together.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    If you give a “thumbs down” on a story, you should give your opinion why you did not like a comment. If you are unable to write or construct a sentence, then have someone do it for you. Just giving out “thumbs down” without a counter-opinion reply is a childish thing to do.

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  • Denver Mike

    The stats looks good, and the report from tex seems to back them up. The only concern I have is that he appears to be pretty fragile

    2008: 44IP
    2009: 66IP
    2010: 140IP
    2011: 98IP
    2012: 123IP
    2013: 103IP

    I know most you pitchers out of high school are eased into things to protect their arm so the 2008-09 numbers don’t concern me too much, but for a starter I’d like to see him keep his innings up with the Cubbies.

    • CubbyDenCritic

      If Ramirez gives us 180 innings in his first year, then I would take that…….but he will need at least three pitches,

  • CubbyDenCritic

    I notice Angels manager Mike Sciocia is at odds with his GM…….I wonder what Mike’s plans are in 2015?…………would he be a good fit for this Cubs team?……..I just think Dale will be on the spot in 2014 with this Cubs team…….I expect this Cubs team to be a 500 club…..anything less will not be acceptable…..Rizzo, Castro, Shark all have to have good years in 2014.

    • Dorasaga

      Maybe 2 yrs from now.

  • Theboardrider

    All things considered. Te difficulty to resign Garza, the lack of large trades including top prospects; you have to see this trade as an absolute couo for the Cubs. Potential mega hitter and gold glve winner if he can get over concussion and disappointing season, potential ace pitcher-player compared to a young Pedro, potential contributor as early as next year in the rotation in Ramirez, and a flier on a guy that may help in bullpen and spot start in Grimm. This may be one of the last deals you see such as this and helped our future immensely.

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